CCSD Interim Superintendent shares ideas on COVID, trainer shortages and management model

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Interim Superintendent Donald Kennedy has been running the Charleston County School District for a week, which is filled with introductory meetings and a new decision for the district.

In a meeting with his cabinet on Thursday, Kennedy said that given the county’s staffing problems, it had been decided to pay replacement teachers more money.

“I don’t have an exact number, but I think it’s $ 25. This includes an increase in the tariff and an incentive for a certain number of working days during the week. The total amount for this implementation is $ 1.6 million, “said Kennedy.

Kennedy’s top priority is keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19 through measures such as masks, updated air filter systems, contact tracing, and vaccination clinics.

“I will continue with the existing protocols and processes,” said Kennedy. “If we had to close schools or classrooms, it’s like last resort.”

The board of trustees of the school district will reassess the current mask mandate on January 10th.

The second priority for Kennedy is to allocate the remaining federal funds that the school district received.

“I want to make sure these new initiatives, funded by the American Rescue Plan dollars, are properly integrated into the programs we have,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy has also introduced himself across the county and has teacher groups on his schedule to speak to.

“I met with three directors this week alone,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy said he had no experience as an educator, but he wanted to work with the county principals.

“We will work with the leadership team and principals to set a number of goals,” said Kennedy. “It will be the goals of this collective body that we would submit to the school board.”

To the process of finding a permanent replacement for the former superintendent Dr. Kennedy had little to say about finding Gerrita Postlewait.

“I don’t know what the search process looks like or whether the board has discussed it. This is the first week for me so I wasn’t thinking that far into the future, ”said Kennedy.

Hertz names ex-Ford CEO Mark Fields as interim CEO

Hertz rental cars are parked in a rental car park near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.

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Shares in Hertz Global up as much as 13.3% on Tuesday after the car rental company named former Ford CEO Mark Fields as interim CEO.

fields, who led Ford from 2014 to 2017, joined Hertz’s board of directors in June. He is a senior advisor to TPG Capital and a CNBC employee.

Hertz said Fields will succeed Paul Stone, who will become president and chief operations officer.

The appointments are effective immediately, according to the company.

Hertz is in an important phase after the bankruptcy in June. The company’s business was devastated last year Forced by the coronavirus pandemic to restructure and reduce debt.

“Hertz’s unmatched global presence is combined with forward-looking investments that completely change the face of travel and mobility,” Fields said in a statement. “The world will hear a lot more from Hertz in the coming weeks and months.”

Hertz stock rose 11.4% to $ 22.45 at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

In May, Hertz announced that a group of investors including Knighthead Capital Management, Certares Opportunities and Apollo Capital Management were funding the company’s exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy $ 6 billion turnaround plan.

Fields isn’t exactly known as a turnaround expert. He spent 22 years at Ford before being ousted from the automaker’s leadership in 2017 due to the company’s lagging stock price and lack of a solid vision for the automaker regarding electric and autonomous vehicles.

At Ford he succeeded earlier Boeing Alan Mulally, CEO of Commercial Airplanes, credited with turning the automaker’s operations and saving it from bankruptcy during the Great Recession.